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3 Ways You're Unintentionally Ruining Your Hardwood Floors

Make them last a lifetime by avoiding these

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Hardwood floors are one of the most desirable features of a home. Whether you're buying a new house or a guest takes notice of them, quality parquet gives the impression that your property is of high value. 

Apart from giving any space an extra elegant touch, they are also easy to clean and sustainable enough to last forever. However, while resistant to spills and stains, they can also be accidentally scraped and scuffed from improper maintenance. 

Quit contributing to the deterioration of your floors by avoiding these three common mistakes: 

Main photo from: Texas Hardwood Flooring

You're not using furniture pads.

From pushing around big pieces to plopping down a lounge chair causing it to move—doing these habits over and over can severely damage your floors. Try using furniture pads, preferably made from felt or rubber, on all the legs of your furniture to prevent them from making any marks on the wood's surface.  

RL Tip: Stop scratches before they begin by ordering these affordable felt pads via Amazon.  

Photos from Ali Express and Interior Design Pro

You don't have doormats out. 

If your home doesn't have a proper porch or foyer, make sure you place a few doormats by the front door to serve as a buffer between your floor and the gritty shoes you wore outside. Directly stepping into hardwood with moist and dirty footwear can cause permanent discoloration or dirt build-up. 

Photo from Babble.

You're using too much chemicals.

When cleaning, keep this golden rule in mind: Liquid is the enemy of hardwood flooring. Although it can endure most natural cleaners, it can rarely withstand being drenched in concentrated solutions. If you're set on washing the floor, consider working on small areas at a time with damp rags or mops in gentle strokes. 

RL Tip: Alternate wet-cleaning every four to six weeks (depending on foot traffic) to keep your floors in mint condition. 

Photo from Pro.  

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